Season 7 of "The Walking Dead" kicked off last night, and it was an absolutely devastating storyline
This was the long awaited episode to see what happens after Rick and cohorts are captured and literally put down on their knees in the gravel by the evil and ruthless Negan and his army.
The killings of Glenn and Abraham by getting their skulls brutally bashed in was one of the most horrific things I have ever seen.
And forcing Rick to nearly cut off his own child's arm and all the other mental torture and physical abuse he endured left the show's leader and hero, a completely broken man.
All that they had overcome and survived was now just a shattered history.
They were overcome, they were defeated, they were wholly broken.
What is amazing is that they could handle the Walking Dead zombies (even hordes of them), but ultimately, it was the evilness of man himself that they could not win against.
Zombies are dangerous and scary, but man is the most dangerous and brutal predator out there, and the horrific things they can do to each makes everything else pale by comparison.
Especially, when Negan kills and destroys, he does it with such completele evil joy that it leaves one questioning, how can this whole evil thing exist in a universe created and maintained by a good and merciful G-d.
My wife said to me that this was a small reminder of what the Holocaust must've been like--with the Nazi's holding a stranglehold of power and committing the most heinous atrocities and genocide against 6 million starving and enslaved Jews held in notorious concentration death camps.
After the show, watching "Talking Dead," viewers indicated that this was the turning point in the whole show, and there was no going back for Rick and his group.
Yet, I am most certain that even if it can no longer be Rick who regains his strength and leadership mantle, there will be another who will rise up and overcome the evil Negan.
It's a dog eat dog world, and there is always another younger, leaner, and meaner dog in town--hence, every dog has it's day.
Ultimately is that justice?
While perhaps we all wish to see good triumph over evil every time, there are certainly moments when good takes a good walloping.
And then G-d sends a savior to restore good to it's rightful dominant place in the universe.
In the process though, lives and souls can be shattered and never be the same again.
Watching the eternal battle between good and evil is what totally tests our faith and gives us the free choice on which side to be on. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)